Sandbox / Decker

Decker is a comedy-action web series, later TV show, which follows began in 2014 as a spinoff/tie-in to the web series On Cinema with many of the stars and recurring guests of that show doing roles in Decker. The series follows CIA agent Jack Decker, played by Tim Heidecker, who fights terrorism and fights for the American way generally because US President Davidson, played by Joe Estevez, usually lacks the courage to do so. Tim's on cinema co-star Gregg Turkington also appears in the series as Special Agent Jonathan Kington, the master of codes and movie buff, just like Gregg's persona in On Cinema. It is a spoof of actions films and has deliberate bad acting, writing and special effects.

Its first three seasons (Classified, Port of Call: Hawaii, and Decker vs Dracula) aired on the Adult Swim website while season 4 Decker Declassified aired on the Adult Swim TV network and Season 5 (Unsealed) is slated to have a similar release. The series is frequently mentioned in On Cinema, where Tim and Gregg serve as regulars, and is often a source of tension on that show.


This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Decker usually calls Kington either "Klington" or "Kingston".
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: In season 2, Decker takes Kington to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which provides information about the Pearl Harbor attack, to give him an understanding of why they are fighting terrorists. Decker later dives in the ocean to retrieve his grandfather's dog tags who had, appropriately enough, died during the Pearl Harbor attack.
  • Artistic License Geography: At one point in Decker: Unclassified, Decker goes to "Pearl Harbor, Japan".
  • Author Appeal: Kington is an avid movie buff and often snacks on popcorn. These traits shared by his actor's On Cinema persona.
  • Blatant Lies: Inside Decker: Unclassified features a clip from Tim Heidecker, played over the top of highlights of bad chroma keying and Birdemic-esque stock animations of explosions seen in Decker: Port of Call: Hawaii.
    "Of course the special effects in Hawaii takes it to the next level. We're working with some of the Premiere technology experts out there to create effects that you haven't seen before - it makes you feel like you're really there, and the technology really makes us able to tell stories that we were never able to tell before because, uh, it's so advanced."
  • Bond Gun Barrel: Gregg's Decker Versus Dracula: The Lost Works features Kingston in a very Bond-like gun barrel sequence, though he is holding a crucifix instead of a gun.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Tim considers Decker vs. Dracula to be outside of the Decker Canon to the annoyance of Gregg. Dracula is brought back in Unclassified though.
  • Captain Obvious: "Michael Victor. That's M as in Michael."
  • Colon Cancer: Decker: Port of Call: Hawaii.
  • Cut Short: The third season, Decker vs. Dracula, was abruptly cut after three episodes because Tim didn't like this season. Episode 4 is just a message saying it is cancelled while the Dekkar's song Empty Bottle plays for most of the episode. Two additional videos have been made, though. The first by Tim to explain why it's cancelled, generally blaming the artistic choices by Gregg, while the other is by Gregg who explains what the ending could have been like.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: When Decker uses a time machine to go back in time to 1941 Japan to stop the Pearl Harbor attack, everything is in black and white while present day and future scenes are in color.
  • Determinator: Jack Decker is always willing to fight for America's freedom.
  • Faceless Goons: Most of the mooks wear a bandit mask to hide their faces.
  • False Friend: Lanoi Arnold. He was Decker's oldest friend and welcomed Decker warmly when he came to Hawaii for vacation. Arnold had already betrayed him to the Taliban in exchange for money to renovate his bar.
  • Fatal Flaw: Gregg's obsession with movies causes him to accept a bugged VHS tape which allows terrorists to learn Decker's plan.
  • The Future: Decker Unclassified takes place in 2076.
  • Genre Shift: Decker vs. Dracula incorporates horror, particularly Universal Monster horror, into the otherwise political thriller based series since Gregg had creative control during that season. This is cut after the season is abruptly cancelled and returns as a political action thriller in Decker Unclassified until the last episode of the season where it's revealed that Dracula was working with the first lady.
  • Guy Liner: Decker is seen wearing it during the "trigger everything" performance.
  • Haunted Castle: Dracula lives in one and it is the base of operations for his League of Monsters.
  • The Hero: Jack Decker.
  • Ideal Hero: Jack Decker is portrayed as this; fighting for the America and its Freedom and is generally always morally in the right.
  • In Memoriam: Episode 5 of Decker Unclassified is dedicated to musicians who died in airplane disasters.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Decker is in Hawaii when the island is taken over by terrorists. He tries to contact Kington only to find out that he is also in Hawaii:
    Decker: "You mean to tell me Agent Klingstlon is in Hawaii? That's where the terrorists are. Kingston's working with terrorism."
  • Legion of Doom: Various monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Mummy team up to take over the world during Decker vs. Dracula.
  • Meaningful Name: Decker and Kington are named for their actors, Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.
  • Middle Eastern Terrorists: The Taliban and Al Qaeda are often the villains in the series.
  • Mockumentary: Decker Vs. Dracula: Behind The Truth is Tim Heidecker's attempt to explain the cancellation of Decker vs. Dracula using behind-the-scenes footage. It features an intro and outro clearly made in iMovie and interludes with scrolling, typo-ridden passages which are displayed in Papyrus and also read aloud by Tim.
    Lunch being late may seem like a small isue to those not in the film business but it is a mark of PROFFESSIONALISM and which was very lacking on Gregg's production.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Decker is always willing to save America from danger even though he hates President Davidson's policies.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Decker: Classified episode 4 features a motorbike scene lasting over a minute. An overlay for the first 20 seconds plots his journey on a map and then disappears and the rock music playing in the background eventually comes to a stop only to start playing a few seconds later. Then the whole thing repeats.
    • Decker: Unclassified shows Decker aboard a plane, trying to tell the pilot's name, "Michael Victor", to Kington over a radio link. After saying the name, he begins to spell it out loud using the phonetic alphabet, and Kington tries to interrupt him with "Got it. Michael Victor." halfway through. He doesn't stop.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Decker deeply cares for America and is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect America and freedom.
  • Plot Hole: In Decker Unclassified, it is shown that Decker found out that Abdul was a terrorist even before Decker completed his green beret training. Yet back in the first season of Decker, which chronically takes place after his training is complete, he did not suspect Abdul as a terrorist when he provided Decker intel about the terrorists.
  • Previously On:
    • Each episode of 'Decker: Classified' (apart from the first one) starts with a recap of the last one starting with "Previously on Decker".
    • Decker: Port of Call: Hawaii uses "Previously on Decker season 2".
    • Decker vs. Dracula only does this once, in episode 3, and presents the recap as a Silent Film.
  • Retcon: The second episode of Decker Unsealed retcons some of the plot details in Port of Call: Hawaii Decker's wife and son are present during his Hawaiian vacation even though neither were present or mentioned before. Kington has a reduced role and generally just takes Decker's family to their hotel room rather than aiding Decker in stopping the terrorists like before. The only code he breaks his the password to the hotel room since Decker had the hotel key. Lanoi Arnold is shot by Decker for his betrayal but is kept alive after revealing the terrorists were planning a hit on his son.
  • Running Gag: The first time any new location is shown, a military timestamp is given. Said timestamp is always the same throughout the entire season.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In a Breaking the Fourth Wall moment, Kington walks off the set in episode 5 of Decker Unclassified after it's revealed that Dekkar is to appear in the episode. He does come back later in the episode, though.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: A significant portion of Episode 5 of Decker Unclassified is used to promote Tim's On Cinema band Dekkar. The episode even contains part of their Trigger Everything music video.
  • Show Withina Show: It is the show in the On Cinema web series.
  • Tagline: Decker: Classified has "The law has limits, he does not". This is the same tagline as film/Jack Reacher, which Tim cited in On Cinema as his favorite film.
  • The Smart Guy: Special Agent Jonathan Kington lives up to his title as master of codes. Like Gregg's On Cinema persona, Kington also appears to have expert knowledge of films as well.
  • Training Montage: There is one when Kingston is overseeing the training of Decker's son and the progress he makes.
  • Trojan Horse: One of Decker's missions involve him using the band Dekkar as a cover to get into a party where a terrorist group is attending.
  • Waving Signs Around: In episode 2, while walking to the White House, Decker encounters a group of sign waving protesters, with signs like "Keep USA Free" and "Treat Arabs Fairly", whom he doesn't particularly like.
  • Video Full of Film Clips: Dekkar's "You Asked for a Hero" music video consist primarily of clips from Dekkar Unsealed with a few shots of Axiom singing in a studio.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: President Davidson says "Do you know who I am?" after getting captured by terrorists.
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